Public art trails and art walks to experience our city this summer

Last updated June 4, 2024
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Discover the city’s history and the works of art that beautify our neighbourhoods as you explore many trails and tours. Plus you get some bonus exercise. Here are some trails that you won’t want to miss.

New art pathway at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Come and discover 14 sculptures along paths and in gardens on Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame. A feast for eyes and ears alike, as the works also have a musical accompaniment that can be downloaded to complete your experience (free “Portrait Sonore” French-language app on the App Store or Google Play).

Walks and trails to discover murals and public art

More than a hundred colourful and original outdoor murals adorn Montréal’s walls, making them an open-air museum. The Art public Montréal website offers a dozen themed, historical and playful multi-mode tours, including three accompanied by podcasts (in French and English versions).

Celebrating the Sud-Ouest trail

From Pointe-à-Callière to the Atwater Market, and along the banks of the Lachine Canal, this 3.6 km cultural trail features one-off events and art installations, plus a rich program of exhibitions and immersive experiences.

The MEM Historical Trails from the Centre de mémoires montréalaises

Explore the lost neighbourhoods of Red Light, Goose Village and Faubourg à M’lasse with this podcast series from Montréal’s new museum and civic space. Follow the trail while listening to the portraits of 25 Montréal personalities who have left their mark on the city.

Cité Mémoire - an illuminated stroll through stories of Montréal’s history

As night falls, immerse yourself in the history of Montréal by walking past these 27 outdoor projections. Historical figures tell tales in images on the walls, cobblestone streets and trees of Old Montréal. For the full experience, download the Montréal en histoires app and listen in one of four available languages.

Green Active Alleys walks

The Sud-Ouest, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve boroughs are hosting four five-km active trails in their alleys and green spaces.

Our ways: Peel Trail

This urban trail is composed of bronze sculptures in honour of Iroquoian peoples and newcomers to the island of Montréal. Come and see them from the Lachine Canal to Mount Royal.

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